There are numerous ‘lake districts’ around the world. According to Rob Wallet, there is only one that matters: the Lake District in Cumbria, England. A British National Park and land of former volcanic mountains, post-glacial lakes and enclosed valleys, the Lake District has been an influence on writers and artists for centuries.
Wallet’s childhood memories of the Lake District inspired him to find a remote house with a recording studio in a location named, appropriately for Toten Herzen, the Jaws of Borrowdale. Situated at the southern end of Buttermere, the house was not as isolated as the band wished, and was easily found by Bamberg witch Lena Siebert-Neved.
The Lake District has inspired writers and poets as diverse as Beatrix Potter, Arthur Ransome, William Wordsworth and Hugh Walpole. Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons was based on Coniston (overlooked by John Ruskin’s home Brantwood), the lake used by Donald Campbell in his fatal attempt at the world water speed record in 1967.
England’s highest mountain Scafell is visited by Wallet and Susan Bekker in Toten Herzen Malandanti. Wallet points out to her that the valley below, Wasdale, contains the country’s highest mountain, deepest lake (Wast Water) and biggest liar (Will Ritson, owner of the Wasdale Head Inn in the 1800s).
Recording the video to their first comeback single Disorientated, Bekker chose to be filmed on Scafell whilst Dee Vincent was appeared on Swirl How, Elaine Daley on Skiddaw and Rene van Voors on the summit of Helvellyn. The filming went ahead in spite of the National Park authority refusing them permission.
The Lake District has few associations with the supernatural, although Croglin Grange near Windermere was the scene of vampiric activity described in Story of My Life by Augustus Hare. After Toten Herzen completed work on their Malandanti album Honister Pass became a shrine to Toten fans.